Accokeek, MD—Up to 40% of the food produced in the U.S. never gets eaten. From losses at the farm to waste in the home, Americans are throwing out over $150 billion of food each year.
To raise awareness on this pressing issue, join the Accokeek Foundation at Piscataway Park as we explore strategies for reducing food waste through discussion, theater, DIY workshops, games and – of course – food. Located on the green pastures of the historic National Colonial Farm, this fun and interactive event will be held on September 26, 2015 from 12-5 p.m. and feature nationally and locally recognized writers, activists and performers, inspiring us to eat sustainably and well.
The panel discussion will include the following leaders in the field of food recovery:
- Jonathan Bloom, journalist and author of American Wasteland
- Alexander Justice Moore, chief development officer at DC Central Kitchen and author of Food Fighters: DC Central Kitchen’s First Twenty-Five Years on the Front Lines of Hunger and Poverty
- Nancy Sabella-Rousell, former advisor for corporate responsibility and sustainability for a large supermarket chain
- Mary Louise Webb, Vice-Chairperson of the Charles County African American Heritage Society, author of Life on the Farm with Grandma and Grandpa: Growing up on a Farm in Southern Maryland and a former board member of Accokeek Foundation. Webb is a living witness to 90 years of changes in our food system
- David Sloan (moderator), Maryland Director of No Kid Hungry and Accokeek Foundation board member
The event will also include various cooking and food preservation demonstrations, a farmer’s market, “Food Avengers” and yard games. You can even take a spin on our composting bicycle! In addition, support local vendors doing their part to reduce food loss, including: Relay Foods, P.A. Bowen, Fruitcycle, Hungry Harvest and Slow Food DC. “Food for Thought is part of a larger initiative to connect the Foundation’s programs under the umbrella of sustainability by addressing complex environmental issues through an historical lens. Our goal is to teach people practical ways to be part of the solution in a way that is educational yet fun and entertaining,” Director of Programs, Andrea Jones said. The event is sponsored by MOM’s Organic Market and food will be provided by Panera Bread. Donations of Extra Food will be given to Coalition for the Homeless. The event is $5 per person, children 10 and under are free and AF members are free. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-283-2113.